Worldwide Animal Testing Laws in Cosmetics

Progress over the last couple of decades has been made in the fight against testing on animals in cosmetics.

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The following countries have banned animal testing in cosmetics:-

EU Countries, India, New Zealand, Brazil, Norway, Israel and Australia are set to ban animals testing in cosmetics in July 2017.


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(Map image taken from The Body Shop’s Fighting Against Animal Testing campaign)

Still there is a lot more to be done to stop animals testing in cosmetics worldwide.

Even in the EU the laws to protect animals being tested on for cosmetics are far from perfect as the ban is specifically aimed at consumer safety only. Testing can still be carried out in what is known as ecotox testing, this kind of testing determines if there is a risk to the environment and it only applies to ingredients used in cosmetics and the ban does not apply to worker safety tests.

Below is a quote from Cruelty Free International

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“Cruelty Free International does not agree with the narrow interpretation put by the Commission and we are seeking to challenge it. However, that is how the bans are being operated at present – for example, by the European Chemicals Agency, which is in charge of important EU legislation on the safety of chemicals.”


All cosmetic companies that sell on mainland China are required by law to subject their products for animal testing.

Online cosmetics purchases are not subjected to testing due to it being to difficult to enforce.

Companies that have their products made in China but are not sold in China do not require testing because they are not being sold there.

Cosmetics sold in airports in China are subjected to random product testing.

(When Body Shop was owned by cosmetic giant Loreal, they tried selling The Body Shop products in airports, this did not go down very well with ethical Body Shop customers and quickly ended.)

Cosmetic companies who state that they do not test their products on animals but sell in mainland China are not considered to be cruelty free because they are knowingly allowing their products to be tested on animals.